Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Language Barriers in Latino Diabetes Care

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, October 03, 2013

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Alicia Fernandez, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
San Francisco General Hospital
University of California, San Francisco

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Alicia Fernandez is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, a health services researcher, and a practicing general internist at San Francisco General Hospital. Her research is supported by NIH and by national foundations and focuses on immigrant and Latino health with an emphasis on chronic disease, particularly diabetes, and the role of language and cultural barriers in health disparities. Along with colleagues at UCSF, she edits the textbook Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients: Principles, Practice, and Population (Lange). Additionally, she is the Director of PROF-PATH, a research and academic career development program for health profession students at UCSF funded by NIH/ National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities and has an academic focus on effective mentoring.

Dr. Fernandez is currently a member of the NIH Health Services Study Section (HSOD) and has served as a standing member of AHRQ study section on health care quality. She has served on the Council of the Society of General Internal Medicine and as an advisor to numerous national foundations including RWJF, Commonwealth, The California Endowment, American Medical Association, National Quality Forum, California HealthCare Foundation, and the American Board of Internal Medicine on several health care disparities projects. Dr. Fernandez holds a national professorship award in medical humanism from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

After completing her bachelor's degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, Dr. Fernandez received her medical degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her residency, chief residency, and general medicine fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the magnitude of diabetes among Latino population and subgroups
  2. Identify two diabetes outcomes affected by language barriers in healthcare
  3. Identify role of clinicians in overcoming language disparities
  4. Have insight into policy issues that affect care of Latinos with diabetes
  5. Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Diversity Affairs (Department of Medicine)

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